Issue #61

President’s perspective

I am still very proud on our fantastic General Assembly in Antwerp this May and feel extremely honoured to be re-appointed as EL President for the period 2019-2021. Together with the newly elected Executive Committee and the EL team, I will not just continue my work but set new targets to manage the tasks ahead....

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EL elects new Executive Committee & adopts Antwerp Resolution

Hansjörg Höltkemeier re-elected as EL President for the period 2019-2021 Re-elected EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier (right) said, ‘‘We have had three fantastic days at the special 10th edition of the European Lotteries Congress, with lots of exchanges, networking and new ideas. I am personally very happy to be re-elected after four successful years, and I look forward to continuing my...

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10th EL Congress – Lotteries, democracy and the European political landscape

Brett Henning  Brett Henning, Co-founder and Director at Sortition Foundation analysed the results of the elections, looking closely at the rise in European populism. In the past months and years, anti-EU populist parties have made an insurgence in Europe - a growing concern for the elections. Although these parties made gains, pro-European parties also did well. The results saw a shift away fr...

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EL Congress Antwerp – Day 1: The Corporate Success of Chance

The Black Swan with keynote speaker: Mr. Nassim Nicholas Taleb  International bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb focused his keynote presentation on the Black Swan, his book which looks at the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable events, and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events. After 21 years as a trader, Taleb became a researcher in philosophical, mat...

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EL Congress Antwerp – Day 2: Give Chance a Chance

Talent Vs Luck After a lively performance by mentalist Gili, three inspiring keynote speakers highlighted the role of randomness in success and failure, bringing with them their own personal expertise, interests and humour! Alessio Emanuele Biondo Alessio Emanuele Biondo, a macroeconomist and Professor of Economic Policy outlined the beneficial role of random strategies in financial market...

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Chance is a part of Lotteries. Chance is a part of Success. Chance is also a part of Life.

Hansjörg Höltkemeier, EL President & Jannie Haek, CEO of the National Lottery Belgium open the Trade Show at the 10th EL Congress in Antwerp ‘‘The Success of Chance’’ was the theme for this year’s unique 10th EL Congress, allowing participants to discover how chance plays an important role in their lives, both professionally and personally. The packed three-day programme include...

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EL publishes first-ever Annual Report

Looking back at a successful 2018, EL has presented its first ever Annual Report. The Annual Report provides an overview of activities from the past year, which would not have been achieved without the ongoing support of EL members. By continuing to provide best practices, content and enthusiasm, they pave the way for the work of the Association....

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EL’s Responsible Gaming Certification continues to reap benefits for members

Peter Simoner, CEO of Loteria Kombetare received his Commitment certificate from EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier Benefits of the Commitment Level Loteria Kombëtare in Albania was the first-ever EL member to successfully achieve the Commitment Level in March 2019. Here is their story: ‘‘Our lottery places utmost importance to Responsible Gaming, not only because of legal obligations bu...

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European Standard on reporting in support of online gambling supervision notes considerable progress

On 12 and 13 September the CEN Working Group drafting the Standard held its two-day meeting in Brussels. The Standard is expected to be put for public comment and a vote by the end of November 2019....

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European Commission Sport Unit Breakfast welcomes EL

At the fourth European Commission Sport Unit Breakfast EL was invited to present how lotteries are supporting and using sport. EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier highlighted the importance of promoting the values of sport and the sustainable financing from national lotteries....

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Call for global action as Macolin Convention enters into force

The Convention entered into force thanks to its ratification by Italy, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Ukraine. Another 32 countries, including Australia, have also signed it. Within 12 months from the 1 September 2019, the CoE needs to set up and convene the Follow-Up Committee. The states that have ratified will be represented in the Committee. As a vital step in the fight against co...

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Successful EL/WLA seminar highlights value of responsibility

Hosted by EL Member Hrvaska Lutrija, this year’s successful seminar provided an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in RG and CSR, understand how other lotteries are implementing their programmes, and network with peers working across a range of business functions. A key take-away was the inspirational and practical guidance to help lotteries develop their own RG and broader CSR programme...

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2020 EL Innovation Awards are now open for submission!

For EL lottery members only, the awards are another key initiative led by the EL Innovation Working Group (ELIG), which was set up to inspire, connect and engage the EL community in innovation. The awards help to fulfil this mission by celebrating Innovation success and by giving all entrants access to the full Innovation Awards Portfolio (within legal limits); a fantastic source of innovation ins...

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EL organises Corporate University Modules for the second year running

The Induction Module, aimed at new entrants in the lottery world (up to 3 years experience), allowed for an extensive introduction to the sector and an insight into the many complex activities. Over two-and-a-half-days 50 participants from a broad range of disciplines (marketing, sales, legal, public affairs, communications, business development, IT, and responsible gaming), learnt about all aspec...

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First-ever EL seminar on Instant Games

In 2017 the overall sales of Instant Games (or sometimes called Scratch Cards) in Europe was 25.9 billion EUR. This made Instant Games the second most important game in the portfolio of EL members. The largest lottery activity are traditional Lotto-games (51.8 billion sales in 2017). Instant Games are still growing in 40 markets in Europe where they are available. Growth was 4.2 percent in 2017. I...

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Upcoming EL Seminars & Events

8-10 October: EL/WLA Security & Integrity Seminar. 5-7 November: Innovation Seminar. 20-22 November: EL/WLA Sports Betting Seminar. 27-29 November: Legal and Regulatory Affairs....

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New appointments for EL members

From left to right: Kerstin Kosanke, Managing Director, Lotto Brandenburg, Alexandru-Mircea Croitoru, General Manager, Loteria Romania, Bekir Yunus Uçar, General Director, Turkish National Lottery Administration & Gábor Czepek, CEO, Hungarian National Lottery...

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New Managing Director at Germany’s Lotto Brandenburg

Kerstin Kosanke, Managing Director of Land Brandenburg Lotto GmbH After finishing her law studies in Potsdam, Ms. Kosanke worked for 15 years as an independent lawyer with a focus on tax law and management consulting. Her main tasks included support for medium-sized companies in the Berlin and Brandenburg region, with an emphasis on process optimisation, accompaniment of restructuring, purchase...

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Loteria Romania appoints new General Manager

Honoured in his new role Alexandru-Mircea Croitoru as General Manager, he will continue to work on the implementation of projects that will drive the development of the lottery. The Romanian Lottery is one of the oldest institutions in the country, established in 1906 in order to improve the health system, especially in rural areas....

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Interview with Gábor Czepek, new CEO of the Hungarian National Lottery

Gábor Czepek, CEO, Hungarian National Lottery Szerencsejáték Zrt. is one of Hungary’s largest, dynamically developing state-owned enterprises: What were the most pressing tasks in this initial period for you? Following my appointment, we have reviewed the operations and most important workflows of key functions at the Lottery. As a result, we have finalised a new organisational structure...

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Introduction to new General Director at the Turkish National Lottery Administration

Following a career in journalism, Bekir Yunus Uçar spent over 20 years in public service. He worked in several roles at Türk Telekom before joining the Turkish National Lottery Administration. He was appointed General Director by the Minister of Treasury and Finance....

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IGT | Sustainability Strengthens the Social Contract

IGT recently released its 12th annual IGT Sustainability Report, “Ahead of the Game,” an externally audited document that validates IGT’s sustainability activities and data. The report highlights how we support our industry, our communities, our employees, and our suppliers, and shows how IGT’s sustainability strategy relies on recognising all our stakeholders’ interests, as well as com...

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Scientific Games | Investing in growth with instant games

The global lottery industry faces new challenges from changing consumer and retail behaviours. Along with regulations and policy decisions, these changes place competitive and margin pressure on lotteries. To meet the continuing needs of the good causes they support, lotteries must proactively leverage the unique value of their retail penetration by acknowledging the growth opportunity presented...

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INTRALOT | Trends and technologies that modernise the Lottery Industry

As it was stated during the 10th EL Congress in the CEO Panel discussion by Maria Stergiou, Group Chief Sales and Operations Officer of INTRALOT, all the above technological trends are creating several new opportunities for the Lottery sector in the coming years and operators will need to align their strategies with the use of these new technologies to keep up with the changing landscape by moder...

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